High Expectations

The path to college and career begins with setting high expectations for students, parents, and staff. This means using high quality academic standards that set the foundation for what our kids need to know – and then letting teachers and school leaders design creative, innovative lessons and instructional methods to help students reach those standards. Students tend to achieve at the levels we expect them to – meaning those we expect less of often achieve less.

We expect all NJ students to #GraduateReadyNJ and have the opportunity to live, learn, and earn after their high school graduation- whether they choose college or career.


Resources for Students

Resources for Educators

Resources for Parents and Families

  • See what Achieve outlines as the skills students need to graduate high school ready for success in college or career – without the need for remediation.
  • Check out these resources by subject and grade level from Learning Heroes, featuring ways to help at home, practice tests, and other tips for supporting student learning.
  • The New Jersey Student Learning Standards page links to all the standards along with several resources to help parents understand the academic benchmarks and help students reach them.

Hear why Highlands Elementary Principal Rosemary Schutz sees a focus on the whole child as key to setting the right expectations: